Quirks & Quarks

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Quirks & Quarks
Other names Quirks
Genre Science news
Running time ca. 54 min.
Country of origin  Canada
Language(s) English
Home station CBC Radio One
Hosted by Bob McDonald
Produced by Jim Lebans, Mark Crawley
Executive producer(s) Jim Handman
Recording studio Toronto, Ontario
Original release October 8, 1975 – present
Audio format Monophonic
Website www.cbc.ca/quirks
Podcast Podcast

Quirks & Quarks (Quirks) is a Canadian science news program, heard over CBC Radio One of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Airing since October 8, 1975, Quirks & Quarks is consistently rated among the most popular CBC programs, attracting over 800,000 listeners each Saturday from 12:06 to 13:00.[1] The show is also heard on Sirius Satellite Radio and some American public radio stations. The show consists of several segments each week, most of which involve the host interviewing a scientist about a recent discovery or publication, combined with in-depth documentaries; however, from time to time the show does a special "Question Show" episode, during which the format consists of scientists answering questions submitted by listeners.

Quirks & Quarks has offered listeners Internet audio streams and MP3 downloads on its web page since 1993. The MP3 audio files have been archived on the program web site, going back to Sept. 2006. In 2005, Quirks became the first major CBC show available as a podcast. Since the program began, it has won more than 80 national and international journalism awards, including the prestigious Walter Sullivan Award (twice) and the Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics (twice).[2]


Suzuki went on to host CBC Television's The Nature of Things. Ingram left to become founding host of Discovery Channel Canada's nightly science-news program @discovery.ca. McDonald came to Quirks from having hosted CBC Television's children's science program Wonderstruck.


  1. ^ "CBC Radio : Quirks & Quarks : About the Show". CBC Radio. Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Quirks & Quarks Awards". CBC. 

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